Colin Burns is a Funding Advisor at Bristol-based Shaw & Co. He is part of one of the largest corporate finance advisory teams in the South West. Below he provides a summary of his career, his current role and what he does in his spare time.

I joined Shaw & Co in 2018 having built my corporate finance career over 30 years in companies including Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group and Handelsbanken. I am an entrepreneurially focused corporate finance expert advising companies on finding the best solutions to meet their immediate and longer-term goals.

I am a fully qualified Chartered Banker and Green Finance Certificate holder. Over the last 15 years I have arranged facilities in excess of £250m in over 20 MBO transactions including small owner managed businesses and listed corporates.

At Shaw & Co, I assess the needs and provide funding advice to corporate and private SME clients in a range of sectors across the UK including Energy & Renewables, Healthcare and Human Capital.

I prepare fully considered financing proposals for presentation to banks, challenger banks and alternative finance houses. The debt funding I help to secure is typically used for corporate transactions (which includes MBO’s, MBI’s and acquisitions), growth funding, working capital or refinancing of existing facilities.

I also assist top tier banks in providing gap capital for their clients when their own credit appetite is restricted. During my time at Shaw & Co I have helped some great clients including Spinnaker International, CareVisions, Ensilica, Dunton Environmental and Amber Energy.

When I’m not at Shaw & Co, entertaining my two grown children fills my time. I relax by enjoying a round of golf or watching the football or rugby – although these days I’m not all that keen to pull on the boots myself!

I like to travel, see new places and experience different cultures.  Bangladesh and Thailand were probably two of the more interesting destinations recently and I’m already planning my next trip.